The prestigious National Programme for Conservation and Energy Efficiency (Tarsheed) by General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) has helped Qatar save QR1.75bn in 2018 through reduction of electricity and water consumption.

The achievements were highlighted at the seventh annual celebration of Tarsheed on Monday in the presence of HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, HE the Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad bin Sherida al-Kaabi and other dignitaries.

Addressing the event organised under the title 'Towards Sustainability,' Kahramaa president Essa bin Hilal al-Kuwari explained that Tarsheed also resulted in reduction of natural gas consumption and carbon dioxide emission. According to statistics, Qatar marked a savings of QR1,470mn and QR283mn by reducing electricity consumption by 6295gwh and water consumption by 33.22mm3, respectively. In 2018, natural gas consumption was reduced by 60642 mcf due to intervention and awareness by Tarsheed. The year also witnessed reduction of 3.66 tonnes of carbon emission.

The achievements were gained by Kahramaa after it launched a slew of measures including intervention, awareness and enforcement through Tarsheed. The ambitious programme was launched in April 2012 as part of Qatar National Vision 2030.

According to Tarsheed statistics, Hotels Consumption Reduction Initiative resulted in reducing 4670mwh electricity. Enhancing Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) standard and labelling for air conditioners helped the country save 405,000mwh electricity while phasing out of incandescent lamps led to saving of 570,4000mwh electricity.

The function also marked award distribution for winners in contests and felicitation of children who participated in raising awareness about Tarsheed. HE Sheikh Abdullah honoured the winners. The celebration also witnessed the felicitation of the winners of Tarsheed 2022 project which is being run by Kahramaa and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.